Eichmann: The Simplicity of Evil

Halkin, Hillel. Commentary (2005): 57-61.


The 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, writes the American scholar Alan Mintz, was “pivotal” in turning the Holocaust from “a topic barely spoken of in public discourse” into “one of the dominant subjects of our time.” These words appear in Mintz’s introduction to Facing the Glass Booth, a collection of contemporaneous newspaper coverage of the trial by the Israeli poet and journalist Haim Gouri. Translated into English four decades after its appearance in Hebrew in 1962, Gouri’s book now joins a small shelf of English-language volumes about this event, of which the most important remains Hannah Arendt’s controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963).